Usually I find with the mazda 3′s and mazdaspeed 3′s that they don’t modify well… what I mean is that every, every, one I see looked better when it was stock….
until i saw these
but I don’t know what they are
So I got a 1987 2-tone grey corolla gts (ae86)!!! I’am very happy to finally, after a year or so of relatively uninteresting cars, to have something so buildable and with RWD! That and it’s my 4th corolla GTS. it has a few silly things I don’t like, the garden trim front lip, some cheap driving lights and ebay an exhaust tip, those will be gone soon enough.
There are a lot of upsides to this car, it’s an ’87 with the 7rib block, it’s a coupe, there are NO rust holes, it has the cool 2-tone grey paint, it came with a cusco lsd, and a set of 13×8 rota wheels with advan a032r race rubber (still street legal DOT tires) with tons of grip. the car also has the power steering and the EGR system removed…. both are things I would have done myself anyway.
I went with my friend Geoff to Vancouver island, who drove me to the ferry terminal and came with me as a walk on passenger to go get the car, I was on a tight time line… I caught the 5pm ferry to the island which arrived at 6:40pm and I needed to get on the 7pm ferry back. needless to say i was in a rush, we got off on the car platform because it’s always a faster way to get off, and we ran up to the passenger drop off area parking lot to meet the guy selling it. so i gave the car quick look over, paid the dude, signed the paper work, and hopped in the car to try and make it the 1-2kms back to the U-turn route so I could get to the toll booth and try to catch the boat… at this point with 60 seconds driving experience in this car I pushed the Advan track rubber about as far as I could on the on/off ramps provided, it was enough for Geoff to brace himself thoroughly….it was 6:54 when I pulled up to the toll booth and I basically drove straight onto the boat with maybe 3-4 cars behind by the time we set sail. I got the car home “safely” by 9pm.
There were/are a few down sides to this car aside from the lip, lights, and tip…..one was the aftermarket sunroof (installed nicely though) and as I found once I started driving the car was that the guy was a smoker…a heavy one…crap
another thing I found when I went to insure it was that it had a V.I. on it, that’s a vehicle inspection, which means that a cop pulled him over, deemed the car unsafe for whatever reason. this sucks because I couldn’t get the car insured to drive at all till it was inspected by a mechanic…. I use to be one, and after looking over the car I expected they’d fine a few issues, these “issues” would have to be fixed before I could drive the car legally…. so i drove it to a shop to get inspected…… 1/2 way across town with 7 year old Sask plates. to my surprise the car passed!
back to the smoker thing…. I spent an entire day cleaning the car…. and this was only the interior and I haven’t shampooed anything. this was just the “dry” cleaning, vacuuming and taking garbage out and getting the carpet clean. the shampoo will come later. but the coolest part of the day was finding one of the oooold Dori-Kaze club stickers (which I have been a member since 2000-2001ish) under the rear seat, it was all dirty and wrinkled but the sticker part was still good…
so the first mod was the DK sticker.
I just can’t not like these, I know this is what everybody builds and what everybody else calls the cop out “you have no creativity or originality” car to build…. but generally I find peoples’ comments on what they think you should do completely worthless.
Thanks to motormavens for some of the pics
the x6 cressida(81-84) is certainly less popular then the later models. but the last 2 years of it (83-84) go the same 156hp 5mge as the supra, the same independent rear suspension as the supra, and also had 4 wheels disc breaks. the car also weighted 200-300lbs less then the 85-88 cressida and I think that the x6 cressi’s have a more classic look to them.
these wheels are 15×8 -30 and is from booyaka of the japanese nostalgic car foum
sorry for the poor quality of the next photo’s but it’s hard to find good pics of these few cars that have been built on this side on the pacific.
specs are 12k front coilovers(short stroke conversion , 10k rear springs AGX shocks
15×8-32 front, 15×8.5-32 rear
this car is from toji004 on the japanese nostalgic car forum
Here’s an RA65 celica from Australia running 15×8 front and 15×10 rear superlight’s
nice clean car with good fitment… nice
The wheels are ATS Kleeblatt’s, not sure on the size but I like them
such neat little cars, many of these do end up with 4age swaps nearly doubling the oem horsepower…fun
If you don’t know what the toyota starlet is… don’t worry about it, you’ll probably never see one, it was only sold in north america for 3 years ’81-’84. the starlet had a K series motor (small and quite gutless) but it was rwd and there was potential for the determind….. at the very least the car was a happy little piece of toyota racing history.
this one of course belongs here with the completely dropped stance, flares, and the ssr mkII’s
so i know I’ve been neglecting the blog since the holidays, but life’s been busy. One the bright side of things I have been looking for a cheap project car, something I can really sink my …almost used another lame cliche, I want something i can be more creative with.
One car that really interests me is theE70 series corolla’s, they had the same suspension as the well known AE86 chassis corolla’s, but they had a simple body design and they were all carbureted (in north america at least). so all the nice suspension bits from the newer ae86 corolla’s fit and most the driveline stuff fits as well, and your bolt-in engine options are quite good, basically any T or A series motor is a fit.
I could go on for a while about all the sidedraft carb setup’s with different engine choices I’d like to try, as well as all the smaller wide (14×8, 13×8) wheels i’d want, all the suspension mods I’d build, and all the different body styles i’d want to try these changes on. Just for you information these corolla’s were available in 7 yes 7 different shapes.
so for once i’m gonna get off the forums and craigslist and get back to showing you some cars.
the 2 door wagon
the 2+2 liftback
the 4dr wagon
the 4dr sedan
a nice sidedraft carb’d 4age
Many people, including myself at times, just focus on one type of car or one make and they fixate themselves on that narrow range of cars. This isn’t entirely a bad thing, some of the best builds come from those guys, but life is all about variety.
I can never seem to be able to keep myself to just one car or one make or style, I see awesomeness in nearly every genera. And as you can kinda tell, if you’ve been keeping up with my cars, I’ve had a lot of cars and I change cars a lot. I have recently sold my ’92 civic si hb because for the last few years I’ve been struggling with trying to have one car that can do everything and sharing that car with my wife means that I (willingly) compromise on how I build that car, and because of that compromise my builds are never expressive enough to entertain me or to be a real creative outlet.
Because of this I have bought a newer Honda CR-V, great car I might add, I really enjoy driving it to work and running errands, but it by no means fills that creative void.
I don’t build cars to please other people, I build them to have fun. I love the build, once it’s done I sell it, I’ll drive it around for a few months or weeks but once it’s done (or reached the limitations of being a daily usage car) or I ‘m tired of it I’ll sell it. My favorite builds are junkyard builds, like the old way we build corolla’s by mismatching parts of other cars that work like, supra wheels, any random electric fan that’ll fit, camaro rear shocks, mr2 rear shocks in the front,…etc etc
For me building cars needs to be a creative outlet that’s not for profit or some kind of gain in status, and never never serious…. it’s gotta be fun!!!!!
But now that the daily car is had…… I can focus on projects… not sure what but it will be rwd, and most of the mods will be fabricated by myself and with some help from friends, no more buying a build on ebay and merely assembling it…. I wanna just get back to putting my blood and sweat into it.
Enjoy and celebrate the differences
Build what you got your way and who cares about the rest.
mmmm white, the best non-color
miata thanks to motormavens.com
nissan s14 and s15 thanks to matt nugent
gc10 skyline and 240z
85ish cresta from Nori Yaro
scoobie: nickname for subaru’s.
anyways this is a 2004 wrx with Rota Grids in 18×9.5 +20mm wheels, perfect fit, fake Volk knock-off’s but at less then 1/2 the price who can blame him…… and he is running the rota center caps so it’s not like he’s faking it.
just a gorgeous car all around! very low, black on white wheels, a great stance, and clean. there no big wing, no oem badges, and no stickers. there’s just a small front splitter and a rear diffuser.
to fit wheels like these on a scoobie this low, requires a narrower tire (then a rim this size would normally use), and some very real fender rolling.
Sorry peoples, I have been busy lately and haven’t had time for new posts. Hopefully some will be coming soon.
once again less talk more pics… but i do want to say that the datsun guys really brought their game to the show this year.
I was checking out DORI-KAZE when i came across some event pics of the “captital drift season finale” in victoria by member “666″ and the pictures are actually really good and so are the cars. so here they are.
looking at these pics proves that toyota certainly peaked in the late 80′s
I know that all i seem to post is really low cars with big wide wheels that barely fit…. and it’s true….
it’s soo clean with the stock body draped perfectly over these massive wheels. I think that cars with body kits either aren’t low enough or they were too ugly to start with…. if you can’t fix it with a slam and wheels….then you bought the wrong car!
mmmm burger box
The “wrong fitment crew” got together last Thursday night in a parkade in LA. the lighting was terrible but the cars were awesome and the fitment was killer.
The wrx in the first pick in by far my favorite of the bunch… but also the acura TL’s are really growing on me… even tho they are wrong wheel drive (for a car that size).
evo X again
Thanks to scotterson on the WFC forum for the pics http://www.wrongfitmentcrew.com/random-photos-photoshoots-photography-and-videos-f12/9-17-09-wfc-little-tokyo-los-angeles-meet-pictures-t1118.htm
I’ve been waiting for more info on this car and a some more detailed photo’s and I finally found some. These days a cool car doesn’t just pop up from halfway around the world only to disappear again.
so here’s what I found
I found a few more photo’s of that TE wagon
Thanks to the japanese nostalgic car blog for the pictures
cool cool cool awesome…. and don’t even start trying to analyze whether or not it’s practical.. who cares…. you = fail, your brain = no
just love this damn thing
one thing to note… is the rear camber… these cars were solid axle… wish I knew what was in there.
Thanks to racer86 for finding this
I like rendered cars but not enough to post them, but this one is too cool not to. it’s not the best rendering but he certainly gave it a good stance.